Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union Conference on

Impact of Research and Innovation Policy at the Crossroads of Policy Design, Implementation and Evaluation

5-6 November 2018


Research and Innovation (R&I) policy is more than ever charged with demonstrating societal impact.

If the new impact agenda of R&I policy is taken seriously, than this has several implications for policy design, implementation and evaluation.

This largest European R&I policy evaluation conference is devoted to the challenge of generating, understanding and assessing societal impact through R&I policy. It discusses new rationales and new demands for R&I policy in service of society, reflects challenges in R&I policy-making triggered by these rationales and demands, and scrutinises what is expected and delivered from different policy intelligence approaches, in particular impact assessment and evaluation.

The conference engages around 250 participants from all over Europe and international partner countries. It gathers academics, evaluators, research managers, R&I policy makers, R&I councils and funding agencies to debate the challenges of generating, understanding and assessing societal impact through R&I policy and the implications for evaluation theory and practice.


The conference is organised on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology by:

Austrian Platform for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation

Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

IFRIS – Institut Francilien Recherche, Innovation et Société, Paris


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“This event fulfills the Österreichische Umweltzeichen eco-label’s criteria for green meetings.”